Philemon 1:11
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New American Standard Bible
who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me.

King James Bible
Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:

Darby Bible Translation
once unserviceable to thee, but now serviceable to thee and to me:

World English Bible
who once was useless to you, but now is useful to you and to me.

Young's Literal Translation
who once was to thee unprofitable, and now is profitable to me and to thee,

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Which in time past was to thee unprofitable - Either because he was indolent; because he had wronged him (compare the notes at Plm 1:18), or because he had run away from him. It is possible that there may be an allusion here to the meaning of the name "Onesimus," which denotes "profitable" (from ὀνίνημι oninēmi, future ὀνήσω onēsō, to be useful, to be profitable, to help), and that Paul means to say that he had hitherto not well answered to the meaning of his own name, but that now he would be found to do so.

But now profitable to thee - The Greek here is εὔχρηστον euchrēston, but the meaning is about the same as that of the word Onesimus. It denotes very useful. In 2 Timothy 2:21, it is rendered "meet for use;" in 2 Timothy 4:11, and here, profitable. It does not elsewhere occur in the New Testament.

And to me - Paul had doubtless found him useful to him as Christian brother in his bonds, and it is easy to conceive that, in his circumstances, he would greatly desire to retain him with him.

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Matthew 25:30
"Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Philemon 1:10
I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment,

Philemon 1:12
I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending my very heart,

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